An annual contest doesn’t just have organizations on campus collecting cans of food and other dry goods.
To win, students have to get creative with their cans—by building a creative structure out of the donated items.
The “Can You Build It” service project is a contest in its tenth year here.
The goal of the service project is to get as much non-perishable food items such as cans and boxed food as possible to donate to local food banks. Throughout the past few years, the number of total items received has varied depending upon the number of groups participating. Participants collect about 2,000 items on average, but have collected as many as 3,500 in the past.
“Bottom-line is you need fuel to function so this event is supporting someone to help make positive efforts in their life,” said Jo Elda Castillo-Alaniz, director of Student Health and Wellness. This year 11 teams will put their imaginations to the test in trying to create the best possible structure. Previous years have presented pieces such as Oscar the Grouch, holiday decorations of Christmas trees and one year a rocket about to launch into space. The incentive for collecting the cans is to help out the local community but teams are also competing for cash prizes.
First place receives $300, second place $200 and third place $100. Judging will be based on six key criteria, purpose and meaning of the structure, creativity, originality, using as many of the items collected as possible, meeting a dimension requirement and finally the overall appearance of the structure.
Structures built will be on display on the first floor of the Student Union Building starting Nov. 6- Nov. 9. Judging is on Nov.7 and the winner is announced on Nov. 8.
A presentation will be held before winners are announced discussing food shortage within the Unites States.
The project is co-sponsored by PEP Talk and Student Health and Wellness.